Kosher certification is a process by which a company ensures that their food is kosher, or in other words, fit for consumption by observant Jews. Kosher refers to a religious dietary practice that is rooted in Jewish tradition. Contrary to popular belief, kosher food does not refer to Jewish cuisine.
But today, consumers are concerned about more than just the kosher status of their food. Over 12 million American consumers choose Kosher food products for reasons related to health, food safety, taste, vegetarianism, lactose intolerance, and other dietary restrictions.
Kosher standards refer to the level and type of stringencies we employ to ensure the highest level of certification. This is crucial for business — not only to deliver the best kosher product to the consumer, but importantly, for your products to be considered top-notch within b2b commerce. Below are just some of the standards we implement to guarantee the best kosher product.
- We never allow unsupervised dairy products, including butter and powdered milk.
- We allow only Glatt kosher meat.
- We never allow products that look like non-kosher items, e.g. soy cheeseburgers, imitation shrimp, and so on.
- Products we certify, are never listed as D. E. (made on dairy equipment). They are either supervised dairy (Cholov Yisroel) or parve.
- All fruit and vegetables are carefully washed, and each and every leaf or berry is carefully examined.
- All foodservice facilities have a permanent kosher-supervisor (Mashgiach tmidi) to open the facility and lock it at the end of operation.
- We never certify Gebrochts as “Kosher for Passover”, neither at foodservice locations (i.e. hotel or restaurant) nor as individual single packed products.
- We never rely on leniencies (Heterim) regarding gelatin, even from dry bones, or other ingredients produced using similar leniencies.
- We Kosherize factory lines only at 212°F or 100°C, or at boiling point level en elevation.
- Factories must be shut down for 24 hours before being Kosherized. If not, there will need to be double Kosherizing.